Are you currently following one of the Uphill Athlete mountaineering training plans or building your own plan based on the Training for the New Alpinism book?
Stairs vs Box Steps vs Hill Sprints
Before I get in to my questions, I do want to be clear that I’m not trying to rehash the real stairs vs stairmaster conversation. I have seen quite a few threads in the forums here that debate that topic at length.
I’m starting to really get my training program in to full swing (planning a climb of Rainier in late June), and would like to start incorporating weekly interval workouts with the aim of helping to increase the pace that I can sustain while walking uphill with a pack.
What I’d really like to understand is if the types of workouts I’ve listed below are ones that would give the types of benefits I’m looking for? If not, I would very much appreciate some suggestions.
1. Intervals on stairs with 2-3 minutes of sustained climbing at reasonably high levels of effort (ranging from 50% – 90% of an “all out” effort)
2. 8-12 in. box steps, with intervals similar to stairs
3. Hill sprints of 8-10s at near max effort (I have access to 15-20% grade near me)
I am not looking to substitute any of this for longer hikes with weight. For those, I will be taking the time to get up in to the mountains on the weekends (it’s typically a 60-90 minute drive from where I live to get to the prime training hike spots in my area).
I’m looking more for workouts that I could do closer to home (or maybe even at home) during the week, and would likely not involve much, or any, added weight.
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